Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods presents the 35th Annual
SMITH NATURE SYMPOSIUM & BENEFIT
FRIDAY, JUNE 1, 2018
Honoring the environmental leadership of
Robert Redford and Sibylle Szaggars Redford
with Bill Kurtis and Donna La Pietra as Masters of Ceremonies
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
Join us for this unforgettable evening celebrating nature and the arts as we honor Robert Redford and Sibylle Szaggars Redford.
Thanks to the underwriting support of Nancy Hughes, Brushwood Center will present the Chicago-area premiere performance of The Way of the Rain - Voices of Hope, created by Mrs. Redford, immediately prior to the Smith Nature Symposium & Benefit.
Ticket sales for the The Way of the Rain will open on April 23rd. In the meantime, purchase your Smith Nature Symposium & Benefit tickets below.
Purchase 10 tickets to the Symposium & Benefit if you would like to fill a table. See below for additional sponsorship information.
In addition to his work as an actor, director and producer, Robert Redford has been an environmental activist since the early 1970’s. He has been an advocate for climate change awareness and clean energy for over 40 years. In 2016 he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama. He has served as trustee for the Natural Resources Defense Council and is the co-founder of The Redford Center with his son Jamie.
Sibylle Szaggars Redford has worked as a multimedia environmental artist for more than three decades raising awareness through her art of our environmental unsound practices. Since 2012 Szaggars Redford has created art performances as an homage to planet Earth and in 2015 founded The Way of the Rain Non Profit, to promote public awareness around the issue of climate change.
“The role of the artist is to feed and nurture the soul of society, provoke thought and inspire critical thinking. And during times like these, during this very hour, art can foster a deeper understanding and connection to the earth.”
– Robert Redford